Bush Frees Border Agents Ramos and Compean

With less than 24 hours until he leaves the fishbowl of the White House for the wide open spaces of Crawford, Texas, President George W. Bush put the “compassionate” back into his “compassionate conservative” slogan from 2000–though, given the bailouts and his stance on illegal immigration, I’m still looking for the “conservative” part–and commuted the sentences of imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos.

These men need to be home with their families — and on March 20, they will.

Bush did NOT pardon Ramos and Compean, so they will live with the same problems and hurdles facing felons nationwide. Employment may be difficult to come by, voting could be restricted. But they will have family, and they will be spending the next ten-plus years at home rather than in solitary confinement.

The decision to offer a commutation rather than a pardon no doubt came from Bush thinking that these agents did wrong, but were punished enough with time served. Personally, while I understand the problem with covering up the shooting of a Mexican drug dealer crawling into America with his load of drugs, I’d rather the focus be on a job well done–one less illegal drug dealer in America–than the ensuing technicalities. If our Border Patrol agents, after all, knew that the folks on their own side of the border made a practice of giving our sworn agents the benefit of the doubt rather than giving such a benefit to the people breaking our immigration laws, they may not have felt it necessary to cover up the shooting in the first place.

Regardless of the commutation, the story of Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos is a microcosm of what is wrong with the border. When illegal immigrants are taken into custody, one of the first things they see is a sign in Spanish which reads something along the lines of “IF YOU FEEL YOUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED, ASK FOR XXXXXXXXXX.” Border Agents must constantly struggle with the choice between doing the best job they can, or doing what they can to avoid prosecutorial scrutiny.

At the risk of blowing a gasket and ruining what is otherwise a fantastic day, I’d rather return to today’s decision. Because of the kindness and compassion of President Bush, Agents Compean and Ramos will essentially get ten years of their lives back. Their wives will have their husbands, their children will have their fathers.

I think a big “thank you” should go out to President Bush, but not at the expense of all those in the halls of Capitol Hill–on both sides of the political aisle–and outside the Beltway who spent much of the past few years working hard for the agents’ release.

Work may be hard to come by. The budget may not always add up. It won’t be easy. But these men are free, and freedom–and family–means everything.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Bush did it right! Godspeed to Ramos and Compean…get them home where they’ve belonged all along.

  2. BlueWater says:

    Abraham Lincoln

    Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln, was credited with providing the black blood some believe to be in the 16th president of the United States.

    “That, for most people, is not a surprise,” Terrell said. “Nancy Hanks, his mother, her father was Ethiopian, so it’s like how can Nancy’s father be Ethiopian? Rumor was she had an illegitimate child with a father who was mixed. … We’re pretty sure with Abraham Lincoln that her father was from the Ethiopian tribe. That actually came from his law partner, William Herndon.” Herndon, at one point, wrote that Lincoln believed he was not the son of Thomas Lincoln, but the son of another man, whose name Herndon said Lincoln had sought.

    Herndon’s book, “Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life” is available online for less than $40. The book, as well as documentations that became sources for books by others, grew from Herndon’s long and close association with the president.

    “The Hidden Lincoln: From the Letters and Papers of William H. Herndon,” credits both Herndon and Emanuel Hertz as authors. It also is available online for less than $20.

    Now for the comparison:
    Lincoln fought to unite – while Obama won through division. Abraham freed the slaves while Obama attempts to enslave the rich. Lincoln prayed. Obama preyed. Imagine the look on Lincoln’s face if he was told about trillion dollar deficits and leaving children on a table to die. Enough said.

    How far have we come?

  3. Tilli says:

    Should have pardoned them, but something is better than nothing.

  4. The Law of Attraction Group says:

    That is FANTASTIC NEWS! Way to go Mr. President!

    Thank you!


  5. Laurie says:

    God Bless President Bush!!! I, like you Jeff, have this big S*** eating grin on my face. Wonderful news!!

  6. gailbullock says:

    Did not believe my eyes and had to read it again, to be certain!
    H O O R A Y ! ! ! Oh, happy day!

  7. Anonymous says:

    March 20th can’t come too soon for these men and their families. I’m very happy that Pres. Bush saw fit to end their current situation. However, their sentences were only commuted – they were not pardoned. In the eyes of the law they were still convicted (falsely in my eyes) by the courts.

  8. toto says:

    Its about time, I can’t believe they prosecuted these guys in the first place.

  9. GATOR-1 says:
  10. Granny T says:

    IMO they should have been pardoned rather than have their sentences commuted – but this is better than nothing.

  11. Bodenzee says:

    I’m happier than I can express. It’s about time.

    However, by allowing this to happen in the first place Bush has done substantial damage. Every Border Patrol Agent now has to evaluate the liklihood of overly aggressive prosecution for doing his job. The net effect may be Agents killed or injured because they hesitate or the continued invasion of our nation.

    Johhny Sutton should now be jailed for the same time as Ramos and Compean.

  12. GUESSWHAT says:


  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Lord…

  14. MUJERLATINA says:

    BRAVO!!!! Thank God President Bush made this historic and controversial pardon on the penultimate day of his Presidency. Just proves that Bush is a gutsy guy who will go down in history for making tough decisions despite the capricious winds of the MSM and the far Left. May God bless Ramos and Compean. We salute them for their bravery in defending our borders, and in their sacrifice to be imprisoned. They are vindicated today. Gracias Presidente Bush. Que Dios lo bendiga. Bienvenidos Ramos y Compean. Welcome home Patriots Ramos and Compean!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I hope this is true!
    They should also get
    “compensation” for being
    imprisioned. Dan Smith

  16. Anonymous says:

    Are our expectations of GWB that low that we use “fantastic” in describing the commutation of the border guards?

    I am extremely disappointed that the president did not pardon them – or Libby for that matter … or anyone in the administration that will be “tried” in the kangaroo court that will be held by the Dems in congress.

    Very disappointed, indeed.

  17. Bodenzee says:

    Ramo & Compean will be freed in March. The practical issue now is who will employ them. They will each need a source of income going forward.

  18. JasonZ says:

    Yes, their sentences were commuted and they will be freed March 20. GWB did the right thing — amen!

  19. Carlyle says:

    Perhaps you will find the following little summary, I wrote, to be enlightening.
    This is as simple as I can make it.

    Is the Constitution the Supreme Law of the Land?

    According to the constitution, Joe Biden will be the President tomorrow. You may go read the constitution for yourself. But here is the relevant summary:

    According to the 12th Amendment, the President Elect is chosen through the Electoral process. The culmination of that process, this year, was January 8 when Congress counted and accepted the votes. At that point, Barack Obama became the President Elect.

    Further according to the 12th Amendment, the Presidential term begins at noon on January 20. At that point in time, the President Elect becomes the President.

    According to Article II, Section 3, Paragraph 8, sometime before entering into office, the President Elect must swear the oath of office. Regardless of when this happens (just before, the day before, etc.) he is still just President Elect until the appointed day and time.

    In order to actually be the President, there are two criteria: 1) The electoral process must be completed successfully, and 2) the President Elect must be eligible (also known as “qualified”). The fact that these are two separate events and must both be fulfilled is amplified by the following specific words from Amendment 20, Section 3:

    ” … if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified … “

    Article II, Section 3, Paragraph 5 defines the eligibility (qualification) criteria: 1) At least 35 years of age, 2) US residency for 14 or more years, and 3) Be a natural born citizen.

    The concept of Natural Born Citizen was well-known to the founding fathers. This requirement was put in-place to ensure that the President has 2 generations of loyalty to the country. The understanding of that term (and it has never been changed) is that a Natural Born Citizen is one born on US Soil and born to parents who are both citizens. The only possible variability, given the civic status of women in those days, is that maybe the mother wouldn’t necessarily have to be a citizen.

    Barack Obama was born to a British father and an under-age American mother (i.e. too young to confer citizenship status). Barack, himself was born a British citizen – which was soon migrated to Kenyan citizenship as a result of the independence of Kenya.

    So – by definition and by supreme law of the land – Barack “fails to qualify”. Therefore regardless of votes, regardless of ceremony, Joe Biden will be the President tomorrow.

    It should further be noted that Barack Obama has not provided any citizenship documents to any official or authority. Most of the circumstantial evidence points to him having been born in Kenya and later adopted into an Indonesian family. So going by the only available records, Barack Obama is probably not even a US citizen at all but a citizen of Indonesia.

  20. MUJERLATINA says:

    Oops, I should have written “commuted’ instead of ‘pardoned’; however, the rest of my comments remain unchanged: Bush is gutsy, history will vindicate him; Ramos and Compean are homeward-bound Patriots and God bless them for defending our borders. Whether ‘commuted’ or ‘pardoned’, the result is the same. And those that believe the two are innocent will remain convinced. Those that maintain their guilt, would cling to that belief, whether ‘pardoned’, or ‘commuted.’ So I still say BRAVO to President Bush and welcome home Ramos and Compean. God will provide jobs and restore their reputations in due time. This is a day for celebration. Adelante con valor — Go forward with courage…

  21. Anonymous says:

    While I’m happy they will go free… Too little too late… They should have been pardoned — just like they should never have been prosecuted in the first place for doing their jobs (that the government seems un-inclined to do) namely protect our borders.

    How do they expect to hire any but the dishonest to patrol the borders if they prosecute those that patrol the borders and put themselves at risk. The insanity of this whole mess is beyond belief…Bush should have done this when they were found guilty…. Who in law enforcement would take a job that could land you in prison for doing your job….

  22. Lisa says:

    I had had a feeling that President Bush would do the right thing by these men before he left office.

    I’m very happy to see that Mr. Ramos and Mr Compean will soon be back with thier families!

  23. bdaman says:

    Jeff go over to Orly’s site. Bush signs an Executive Order on the 16th and Orly is right behind him with another suit. This one stick

  24. darkleo says:

    For immediate release01.19.09. Based on the executive order issued by President George w. Bush on the 01.16.09., a legal action is being filed in the Federal Court in the Central District of California. The executive order provides for Reciprocity and Reinvestigation of Individuals in positions of public trust. Section 2 (e), provides for investigation of required level of character and conduct. On behalf of Ambassador Dr. Alan Keyes, Wiley S. Drake and Markham Robinson attorney Orly Taitz has filed a legal action for a writ of Mandamus, declaratory Relief and Injunctive Relief on the issue of legitimacy for presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Obama aka Barry Soetoro and directing Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Director of FBI Robert Mueller, and director of Personnel Michael Hager to provide all necessary documentation in regards to Mr. Obama’s (Soetoro’s) legitimacy for presidency and US citizenship.

    Dr. Orly Taitz Esq

    ….details here

  25. tm says:

    Yes. Thank you President Bush.

  26. Anonymous says:

    As with almost everything else Bush did, he apparently did not understand what was the right thing to do.

    The right thing was to have given pardons.

  27. Emily says:

    Well, thanks a little bit President Bush. I guess. But they should have been pardoned. President Bush, you are naive, still! You were deceived by your friend, Sutton. Seems that Sutton is good at these deception tricks though. And there are definitely some fishy connections with the drug runner, New Mexico, and Sutton, at least.

    For one thing, anybody who thinks a drug runner doesn’t carry a gun is a moron! A real ZERO! Every drug runner has a gun, and don’t doubt it for one minute. I have known a number of drug runners in my day and I know that every one of them traveled with guns, without exception!

    Secondly, Ramos and Compean weren’t trying to cover anything up. Their supervisor and others of their peers were out there picking up the shell casings (which is standard procedure) when Ramos and Compean were out there picking them up. There was no effort to conceal the shooting from their superiors or anyone. The fact that they did not file a WRITTEN report does not mean they were trying to HIDE something. If Ramos and Compean were trying to hide the shooting, then the supervisors and all their peers should have been accused of the same thing. (Giving Sutton some more ideas, since he’s unable of thinking them up for himself.)

    Sutton is just one more dishonest pig in powerful position in our government. He’s the type that gives our government a bad name. Too bad Bush was too naive to see it. But then Bush never was a real good judge of character, was he (a la I have seen his soul Putin)?

    Bush did just the bare minimum to preserve any modicum of respect from the right in this case, and it’s a good thing he did. History would not have looked kindly on Bush’s non-action in this situation, especially if some more of the shady facts regarding Sutton and the drug runner connections come to light in the future.

  28. Emily says:

    Oh, and by the way, Ramos and Compean are still appealing their cases. And rightly so.

  29. BlueWater says:

    Well – $170,000,000 on the party while the homeless have been wisked away. A true champion of the people would have set up a trust for every homeless shelter in town and made sure that no one was left on the streets – permanently. That would have taken a few million – big deal. The Obamanation has started – but as I always say – it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

  30. Sharon says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Here is something you may be interested in seeing if you haven’t already. We might be stuck with our new President forever.


    And by the way,
    God Bless President Bush

  31. PatGund@gmail.com says:

    As much as I dislike GW Bush and the job he’s done over the last eight years…..

    For once, he did almost the right thing. He should have pardoned them and made sure they had their old jobs back….but commuting the sentence is better than nothing at all. At last these two will now be back home with their families.

  32. Anonymous says:

    I believe that both of them would get enough publicity and money to keep their families together, with all interviews and book and movie rights. Maybe they would get more education, and I don’t know the law, but maybe they can appeal and so they could be a law officer, but after this, they have other aspriritions. I’m glad to the good news!

  33. Anonymous says:


    This is huge guys. I have pretty much played observer thoughout this discussion, but this is noteworthy. Phil Berg’s staff had been hinting at some ‘important evidence’ attained recently and here it is. Go to obamacrimes.com and see the posting yourself by his staff member.

    “Second, how many of you picked up on what Phil said on tonight’s radio show about the FOIA confirming Barry never had an American passport under the name of Barack Obama until hsi diplomatic passport issued as a US Senator? Do you understand and comprehendc the enormity of that announcement? Do you all realize what it means? I can tell you now that is one part of several pieces of good news we had the other day that I hinted at and could not reveal. That information confirms Barry had to renew an Indonesian passport to go to Pakistan in 81. That means Barry swore an Oath of Allegiance to Indonesia and had to renoucne all other allegiances to get that passport. This is independent confirmation of information we’ve had and from OUR OWN State Department, Barry couldn’t go to Pakistan on an American passport if he didn’t have one.”

  34. Tom says:

    What I noticed missing in Jeff’s article and everyone else’s post (although I didn’t read the details of each), is holding these law enforcement agents to the same standard as we are trying to hold every other government official. They may have done the right thing (I do agree) in offing the wasteoid drug dealing invader. However, they screwed the pooch when they tried to cover it up. Ladies and gentlemen, the Constitution holds them to the same standard of due process, etc. as a FBI Agent, Local Police Officer or the Commander in Chief himself. If they had simply reported the shooting and been open and honest about the incident, they wouldn’t be where they are now. Like we love to remind everyone, we weren’t after Clinton because of his indiscretions in the bedroom, we were after him because he lied in an official capacity. Unfortunately, what is good for the goose must also be good for the gander. We can’t apply a double standard here, and the Constitution is our reminder of the restrictions we put on our government, and the rules we require them to play by. While I feel bad that they will forever be marred for doing what is right, we must all be willing to not just DO what is right, but stand before the public and SPEAK THE TRUTH. Doing must be followed up by maintaining integrity and truth, despite our fears of unjust opinions. Otherwise, we fall into the same category as the corrupt and hypocrites we castigate daily. Just my opinion, but I always get a sour taste in my mouth when I spot a double-standard.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Tom, here are the facts.
    1. They didn’t “off” anyone.
    2. They didn’t commit a crime, they failed to follow procedure.
    3. The “crime” they were convicted of was a law enacted to add to the sentence of SOMEONE CONVICTED OF A CRIME in which they used a gun. The law was grossly abused by the prosecution.

  36. Emily says:

    Tom, you can believe what you want, and the press in continuing to say they attempted to COVER UP the incident. HOWEVER, this is NOT TRUE. You might note that on appeal they were found NOT GUILTY OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. If they had tried to cover it up, the appeals court would have upheld that conviction, BUT THEY REVERSED IT. This is the typical case of the press not correcting their false reports, and indeed, not even knowing what the news is. Tom, CORRECT YOURSELF rather than contribute to all the needless misinformation out there.

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